Paul McCartney’s 5 major career moments

By: AXS Contributor Aug 30, 2016
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Very few artists have experienced as much success during their lifetime as Paul McCartney has. The seventy-four year old has been through a lot throughout his life, most of which has been spent in the public eye of the entertainment industry. From his early years as a teenager in a local rock band, through the craziness of Beatlemania, to launching his own career path, Sir Paul could probably spend weeks sharing stories from the "Long and Winding Road" of his career that are worth telling.

Always one who is willing to work, Paul still tours regularly, and will be co-headlining one of the most marketable music festivals in recent memory with fellow classic rockers and British invaders this fall at Desert Trip. Before fans flock to southern California for the two-weekend musical event, let’s take a step back and look at five of Paul’s most career-defining moments.

  • Performance on the Ed Sullivan Show
    After years spent tirelessly playing up for four sets per night in Hamburg and around London, the young faces of the Beatles would finally g
    CBS

    After years spent tirelessly playing up for four sets per night in Hamburg and around London, the young faces of the Beatles would finally get their chance to show America what they were made of. While Beatlemania was gaining traction in the U.K. and surrounding Europe, they were still relatively unknown in the U.S. market. That would all change on February 9, 1964 when they played their first live television performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and the rest is history.

  • Arrival to iTunes and Spotify
    Throughout the 80s and 90s, and into the 2000s, Paul remained one of music’s most consistently hard working acts, with albums and would tour
    Spotify

    Throughout the 80s and 90s, and into the 2000s, Paul remained one of music’s most consistently hard working acts, with albums and would tours constantly being announced from the ageless former Beatle. Following the end of two marriages, one from the death of his longtime wife Linda and another to divorce, a successful collaboration with the biggest pop star on the planet at the time in Michael Jackson, a Super Bowl halftime performance, and countless other awards and inductions, maybe the most notable professional achievement in recent years, is The Beatles arrival to into the twenty-first century and the digital era by bringing their highly profitable catalog to Spotify and iTunes. Like a lot of classic rock acts, the Beatles held out from allowing their music to be streamed and bought digitally, but making the move to these platforms opened the door for their music to be loved by an entire new generation of music fans, letting their words and songs live on for years to come.

  • Release of 'Band on the Run'
    Paul had released four solo albums by the time Band on the Run was released in December of 1973, but none of them really succeeded in living
    Apple Music

    Paul had released four solo albums by the time Band on the Run was released in December of 1973, but none of them really succeeded in living up to the bar he had set with his former band. With the release of Wings’ third studio album, Paul returned to the spotlight of critical acclaim, earning the top-selling studio album of 1974. Featuring the album’s title track and “Jet” as two hit singles off the album, Band on the Run would go on to become a timeless classic rock album and a fan favorite as one of his most beloved post-Beatles projects.

  • Meeting John Lennon
    On July 6, 1957, a then fifteen-year-old McCartney met a sixteen-year-old guitarist named John Lennon just before a performance of Lennon’s
    via Reddit

    On July 6, 1957, a then fifteen-year-old McCartney met a sixteen-year-old guitarist named John Lennon just before a performance of Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen. The meeting would set the foundation as friends and bandmates, but more importantly set the foundation of respect the two would have as one of music’s most successful songwriting teams that pop music would see for generations to follow. The Lennon/McCartney combo would eventually set the standard for the same songwriting model later used by Jagger/Richards, Plant/Page, Tyler/Perry, and countless more.

  • Paul Leaves The Beatles
    Following greater global success than any other rock band before them, Paul announced on April 10, 1970, that he was leaving the biggest and
    The Daily Mirror

    Following greater global success than any other rock band before them, Paul announced on April 10, 1970, that he was leaving the biggest and most marketable rock band on the planet. This would come as no surprise, as musically and creatively there wasn’t much else that the band could have accomplished as a group. While many teenagers and twenty-somethings around the world saw this as the fall of Rome, it also marked the beginning of a new personal and professional era for McCartney.

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